However, taken on its own merits, DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD is an agreeable family adventure that should please young audiences and not prove too grueling an experience for the parents they have in tow. SICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADO Isabela Moner plays the teenaged Dora, and she certainly an energetic, agreeable lead. Much of the humor is mined from Dora interactions with her much more cynical peers, including terminally embarrassed cousin Diego, played by Mark Wahlberg nephew, Jeff - in a likable debut.
Once the kids wind up kidnapped and running through the jungle, Dora comes more into her own, but she presented as a sunny, comic hero throughout rather than a Lara Croft type. It helps that director James Bobin and Nicholas Stoller, in addition to their work on THE MUPPETS, also have edgier creds between them including 'Flight of the Conchords' and FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL. They keep it pretty PG, but there are a few oddball moments, such as when Diego and Dora trip on some pollen and briefly turn into cartoons.
Derbez has a few really funny bits, such as his reaction to surviving quicksand, while younger co-stars Nicholas Coombe and Madeleine Madden are likable as Dora classmates. I would have never known! DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD is also an exceptionally colorful film with nice photography by THOR: RAGNAROK DP Javier Aguirresarobe.
It helps that the pace is kept pretty bouncy throughout and overall, this is a fun flick for kids or tweens to check out with their folks.